CNN reported that as the American death count from coronavirus ticks above 100,000, the panel assembled by President Donald Trump to confront the pandemic has been sharply curtailed as the White House looks ahead to reopening. Vice President Mike Pence convened the White House coronavirus task force on Thursday for the first time in a […]Continue Reading 242 words
- animal welfare
- endangered species
- International Fund for Animal Welfare
- Sustainable Development Goals
- wild animals
By Beth Allgood, U.S. Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare It’s often said that dogs are man’s best friend. This common phrase may seem simple to most, but it holds a very important lesson: animals are important to human wellbeing. IFAW’s newest report, Animals are Key to Human Development: A Guidebook for Incorporating Conservation […]Continue Reading 1003 words
A study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate Change found that greenhouse gas emissions are down by 17% globally compared to 2019 levels thanks to strict coronavirus lockdowns, which could result in as much as a 7% decline in emissions for the year.
Why This Matters: We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4-7% each year globally for the foreseeable future to keep global temperature increases in check.Continue Reading 511 words
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The pandemic has upended most of our lives, but it has also made us more aware of our environment — clean air, birds in our neighborhood, and how much we love being outdoors. We are also appreciative more appreciative of the green spaces in and around our homes — whether it’s indoor plants, the tree […]Continue Reading 149 words
Eating meat is as American as apple pie, so baked into our culture and identity that President Trump declared meatpacking plants so essential that he ordered them to stay open. Some grocery chains such as Costco and Kroger are limiting the amount of meat consumers can buy, and prices are spiking too. Meanwhile, plant-based meats are flying off the shelves.
Why This Matters: Thanks to the virus, Americans may now be forced to learn how to eat less meat and why that might be good for them.Continue Reading 459 words
- Grand Canyon
- National Park Service
- National Parks
More of the most famous and most visited National Parks are beginning to re-open as summer tourist season looms, but they will open sections of the parks in phases, with concessions and other public spaces also re-opening within the open areas, but there is no requirement for visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing.
Why This Matters: What the pandemic and social distancing requirements are revealing is that many communities do not have enough park and open space — both large cities and suburbs.Continue Reading 550 words
Using the latest Labor Department data, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and other analysts reported on Wednesday that 594,347 workers in clean energy occupations, representing 17.8% of the industry’s workforce, filed for unemployment benefits in April and March.
Why This Matters: The oil and gas industry really is the squeaky wheel getting the grease. The number of jobs lost in that sector is likely only a fraction of those lost in the renewable energy sector.Continue Reading 511 words
This week House Democrats released the HEROES Act, which is a $3 trillion relief package designed to bolster state governments, increase widespread testing, extend unemployment insurance, and expand vote-by-mail ahead of the November election. Additionally, the HEROES Act would provide hazard pay for frontline workers, issue another round of direct payments to Americans and even […]Continue Reading 468 words
- beach cleanup
The people who flocked to Cocoa Beach in Florida last weekend left behind 13,000 pounds of litter, prompting the police to threaten a crackdown. Local officials believe that as social distancing and stay in place orders are loosened in parts of the state, there has been an influx of day-trippers who show up and leave […]Continue Reading 472 words
- clean water
- safe drinking water
- water shortages
Shocking as it may be, there are 2 million Americans living in such poverty that they lack running water, and tens of millions of others may have water in their homes but it is hardly safe to bathe in, much less drink, The Washington Post reports. These extreme conditions are exacerbating the spread of COVID-19 in minority communities in the deep south and Navajo Country.
Why This Matters: With some states reopening despite Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warning today that we are not yet ready, we are all only as safe from the virus as the most vulnerable among us.Continue Reading 499 words
Today, the Senate Health Committee will hold a virtual hearing at which Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as three other top government doctors, testify on the novel coronavirus. This will be the first time Fauci will be able to speak without President Trump standing directly next to him and often interrupting his responses. As CBS […]Continue Reading 398 words
Over the weekend, 3 members of the White House coronavirus task force announced that they will self-quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control, and Stephen Hahn, the head of the Food and […]Continue Reading 342 words